Brandon had the follow-up appointment with his surgical oncologist yesterday afternoon, and he is scheduled for repeat CRS/HIPEC surgery on May 11. This is the same surgery he had last May, which includes removing all visible disease and then flushing heated chemo through his abdominal cavity. It’s a long and difficult procedure that he is not looking forward to, but he knows it needs to happen in order to change the course of his battle. He will remain on the intravenous nutrition at home for the next couple of weeks until the surgery date. He has no appetite, and it’s too uncomfortable for him to try to eat and digest food.
We did learn that what we thought was an intestinal blockage caused by scar tissue is most likely a tumor or nodule growing and pressing against that part of his intestine, making his intestine unable to function as it should. So there won’t be an additional intestinal blockage surgical procedure. That doesn’t make is any less intensive or difficult, just changes what we call it.
The surgeon chose the May 11 date because it was the first date when he has no other surgeries scheduled. He said he wanted to keep the entire day open for Brandon’s procedure. It seems like a long way off, but at least we have a plan and a date. That takes the stress of the unknown away and replaces it with the stress of knowing what lies ahead.
Please keep Brandon in your prayers. The cards, messages and texts from his friends and loved ones help him get through the days.